GOP encourages quid pro quo; White House won't wait for Congress
November 5th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

GOP encourages quid pro quo; White House won't wait for Congress

Washington (CNN) – The Republican weekly address struck a bipartisan tone Saturday as Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown appealed to Democratic Senate leaders to consider passing a jobs bill in an apparent exercise of a little quid pro quo.

"Leader Reid has come to me a few times and asked me to consider bills on their merits, and I'm always willing to do so. And now I'm asking the same of my colleague, the majority leader," the Bay State junior senator said as this week's GOP speaker.

"Listen, I'm a still fairly new to the Senate, but I've been here long enough to have noticed something: One breakthrough has a way of leading to other breakthroughs. One show of good will has a way of spreading good will."

Brown encouraged the Senate majority leader to support a jobs bill Brown says he introduced in January that would "repeal the 3 percent withholding mandate" aimed at small businesses beginning in 2013.

"If this mandate is not repealed, then all levels of government will suddenly start withholding 3 percent of payments to contractors that provide any product or service to the government."

Brown urged Reid to vote for this "bipartisan opportunity," which "has the support of majorities in the House and the Senate, and also has been endorsed by the president."

"The decision pretty much rests with Majority Leader Harry Reid."

Vice President Joe Biden filled in for President Barack Obama this week, delivering the White House weekly address from the University of Pittsburgh. His message was less amicable.

When speaking of the White House jobs bill that died in the Senate, Biden attributed its failure to legislative maneuvering saying, "Although 51 senators voted for that jobs bill, our Republican colleagues in the Senate used a procedural requirement that requires it
to have 60 votes, so it failed."

Biden described the fate of the piecemeal strategy that was then used to pass the jobs bill, saying, "we've taken every important piece of the jobs bill and demanded that we have a separate vote."

"But our Republican colleagues in the Senate have voted unanimously to vote down each and every part so far."

The vice president explained Obama's decision to override these decisions.

"We can't wait for the Congress to start acting responsibly, and that's why the president has used his executive power to announce that hundreds of thousands of people will be able to refinance their homes from 6 percent interest rates to 4 percent, saving them an average of $2,000 a year."

Biden spoke of Obama's plans to reduce student loan costs for college graduates so that "no student will have to pay back more than 10 percent of their discretionary income toward their student debt" and spoke of cost-cutting "regulations regarding prescription drugs" as additional measures that will go into effect as a result of Obama's executive

"If the Republican Congress won't join us, we're going to continue to act on our own to make the changes that we can to bring relief to middle-class families and those aspiring to get in the middle class."

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. Scott

    Lies spill forth from his mouth like a river. The man would not know the truth if it hit him in the face. Hey did anyone ever notice that the VP looks a lot like Jeff Dunhams puppet Walter

    November 5, 2011 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  2. kevin

    The Vice President speaks the truth. The Senate minority leader Mitch MCConnell said and I repeat "our single most important goal is to make Barack Obama a 1 term president", as a veteran those words would be considered treasonous, so everything that Sen. Brown is saying falls on death ears. I am truly amazed at how President Obama is able to accomplish so much with the GOP blocking him at every turn. Now that the White House has taken its message outside of washington we the people see who has actually been stopping job growth and its NOT the President. You know its funny how the GOP whale against so called "big government" and yet they alll strive to stay there as long as humanly possible. Come 2012 there will be a clear choice as to whichdirection the country should head. Don't judge the two candidates on what the say rather than what they do. I might also add contrary to popular belief foreign policy will play a role in the presidential election and we will be reminded of all what our current president has done in this arena.

    November 5, 2011 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  3. Clwyd

    There can be two parties of No! No compromise, No negotiations and just say No to the right wing Nazi republicans1

    November 5, 2011 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  4. amlcpamaine

    So the pinup senator talks as if he's driving a breakthrough, on an issue that the president already said he's support. Well - big deal. This little Scott Brown-nose will do whatever the turtle tells him to do, but has to play the media as if he's a peacemaker. Where was Scott Brown when the senate considered a REAL jobs bill? Where are his proposals for REAL jobs? This issue is a non-starter but millions of families are hurting because he's joined the line of millionaire-protectors. Elizabeth Warren is going to do a dance on him.

    November 5, 2011 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  5. GI Joe

    This man was voted "Favorite Senator of Wall Street". He's scared.

    November 5, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. Sandy

    Stop lying, Scott! You say you are bipartisan, then when it is time to vote, you vote along party lines.

    November 5, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  7. AlaskaPalin

    Il duce mien comrade fuhrer used executive orders. Persons should be concerned about this tyrannical, dictatorial way of conducting government.

    November 5, 2011 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. Steve-Illinois

    Funny how when a bil passes with one or two Republican votes, (Usually Snow & Collins) it's touted by the administration as bi-partisan, but when a bill is defeated, that includes Dems voting against it, it's called Republican obstruction!
    Biden has more faces than Mt. Rushmore!

    November 5, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    Typical GOP propaganda, give a tax break to the "job creators" we tried that for 8 years and it earned 2 million jobs in 8 years as opposed to Clinton's 22 million.

    Only the brain dead GOP supporters still believe this "trickle down" dogma, for the rest of us, we can learn after 8 years of failure that the GOP only cares about the "job creators" that rest of us that must exist on the occassional crumbs they throw to the serfs.

    November 5, 2011 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  10. Rich

    The GOP wants Obama to fail....Just ask Rush, as he said we hope he fails .

    November 5, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  11. Alina1

    Two words: Elizabeth Warren!

    November 5, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  12. ED FL

    The only job that Senator Brown is really interested in is his own. He will be burned toast after the next election when Democrat Warren sends him back to Massachusetts in his pick up truck.The population of Mass is about 75 to 80% Democrat. The only reason he got to DC was that the State of Massachusetts was in mourning for Ted Kennedy and he was able to SNEAK in. It won't happen again.

    November 5, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  13. diridi

    If GOP is nasty and stupid, this is exactly what happens with Executive discretionary rules under the Administrative Law. Good lucks to Obama, to pass Jobs Bill. Obama2012.
    PS: This president is very shrewd.

    November 5, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  14. WiredweirdinSF

    Asking Reid to consider a bill on merit is silly. He is a corrupt, union toady and will only offer consideration of bills that will bankrupt this country and or help the corrupt union bosses. He owes them, they have stolen many electinos for him.

    November 5, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  15. d

    qud pro quo haha mr brwon...our president has been trying to do just that with you people since he was elected with the exception of health care reform he has consistently trying to work with you all!!! please know we do see this and we see your obstruction at every turn. i have a great idea why dont you all return the favor? do your jobs? and start by voting with what you yourself knows is right for our country instead of what your owners say...pretty sure you have your job because 'people' voted for you...Not corps. and Not the gop machine!

    November 5, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  16. IVOTE

    Sorry Scott, this is too little too late. Elizabeth Warren has my vote to win in Massachusetts in 2012. You have voted against the people on jobs and that is enough for me.

    November 5, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  17. Brian

    Ahhh Scott, and here you are playing politics already. Not too smart for a teabagger, but not to worry, Scott, Ms. Warren will be elected from the Bay State in the next election. MA has you figured out.

    November 5, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  18. Independent Voters

    Gop the american people need jobs now not next year. The middle class will be at the poll to vote these do nothing crongressman out of the office.

    November 5, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  19. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans please get real
    Alabama, Arizona , Georgia and South Carolina Republicans governors did their experiments it didn’t work first they blame the illegal immigrants for their high unemployment rate so they passed tough immigration laws
    Result Georgia and South Carolina unemployment rate went up in Alabama and Arizona same with national unemployment rate 0.1 down
    Now these governors hoping holiday season will bring the unemployment rate down

    Simple private sector is not investing so let the government invest it will crate jobs and bring revenues

    November 5, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  20. frag

    So Scotty, feeling Warren's breath on the back of your neck are we? Too little too late! Tell Mitch and John to pass a jobs bill that makes work now, and raises taxes on the rich to pay for it; otherwise, the people will get it done in November of 2012!

    November 5, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Jules

    And the GOP helped to pass how many of these bills that Scott Brown considered? Oh that's right – that would be ZERO!

    November 5, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Ancient Texan

    Biden being honest again, by accident is interesting. This president will go around Congress at every opportunity and feels like it's O.K. to be a one man government. The Congress needs to vote to cut off all funding for this GRANDSTANDING re-election ploy!

    November 5, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  23. NVa Native

    If Brown is asking the President to treat them as he would want to be treated I would say that hasn't helped in the past three years. If it's time for our President to treat the Gop as they have been treating him – the President would need to stick his middle finger up at them and say hell NO!.

    November 5, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. T'sah from Virginia

    If every Republican's job was in jeopardy, they will "compromise" and get something done!!! Scott Brown will be defeated by Elizabeth Warren and he fears for his job.

    Get rid of the "Norquist Gang" and things will get done!!!

    Obama 2012

    November 5, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Two points that seem to escape Brown: (1) "quid pro quo" means a trade. Dems (and the vast majority of the public) want the Bush tax cuts gone, the millionaire tax instead, and a reduction in corporate welfare for big business corporate welfare queens like Big Oil. (2) since the vast majority of voters favor these things, including a substantial number of Republican voters, why is Brown and his GOBP deathcult bowing to the 1% rather than, in this case, the 66% that support these things?

    November 5, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
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